Resolutions for 2019
Updated: Apr 13, 2020
The New Year has arrived. Gone is that post- Christmas period which provides so much time for rest and reflection (and maybe even recovery...). During which you pack away your presents, polish off the leftovers, see those family members you missed on Christmas Day; all before New Years eve hits you with it's celebrations and resolutions. When the New Year rolls in we feel as though we need to have a list of things to achieve or improve.
Each year thousands and thousands of people make New Years resolutions. Generally they revolve around personal problems, and aim to resolve those problems in the space of a year. The stereotypical New Years resolution is one that revolves around me, and must take off successfully if I am to pursue it for the rest of the year.
We all know there are loads of issues with New Years resolutions (we get excited about them at the beginning, but once our real lives kick in they are quickly forgotten), but this blog post isn't going to address any of these issues or tell you how to make resolutions that stick. Rather I'd like to make some sustainable suggestions that we could commit to together in 2019.
The famous 'why'
I know I said I wouldn't talk about how to make resolutions that 'stick', but this piece of advice is too good to ignore. When setting goals, or resolutions, we are always told to think about the 'why'. The theory is that if you set an empty goal (A.K.A one without a 'why') then most probably you wont devote enough time and energy to actually complete it.
Often New Years resolutions revolve around me, and the 'why' is often found there too. But I think that (in some cases) resolutions that address a deeper 'why', a bigger 'why', can help to keep us going. Over the next few weeks I am going to do a series that looks at the 'why' behind climate change actions. I'm going to start big and get smaller, ending with my opinion on whether our actions actually matter. This is the 'why' behind my blog, and behind some of the changes that I am making in 2019.
Try to find the 'why' behind whatever resolutions you make, whether they relate to climate change or not.
Here are some suggested resolutions that you could make for 2019. They are achievable, and don't have to be completed in the month of January to be deemed a success...
1. Replace well
Every time you run out of something (be it shampoo or apples), aim to replace it with something more sustainable (see my Start Here page for suggestions).
Make a few long term investments: a water bottle, a keep cup, a tote bag etc. Think about things that you use every day, or very often, and then replace them with sustainable versions (e.g. plastic water bottle = reusable bottle).
Watch some documentaries or read some articles that will help you to understand what is really going on. The truth is that we aren't taught enough about climate change, and so we have to learn about it for ourselves.
(I'm gonna do all three throughout this next year!)
My hesitation when it comes to New Years resolutions is that they tend to be unkind (generally to ourselves) and we create a lot of pressure to succeed immediately. However, I don't think that the answer is to ignore them entirely. That's why I love these green resolutions - I think that they are kind, and they can be completed in a step-by-step manner. They are resolutions I can commit to, and continue to commit to, throughout the next year. My upcoming blog posts will take a look at the deeper, bigger 'why' behind these resolutions. I hope that you will continue on this journey with me, and that you might be open to learning why we matter in this climate conversation.
What are you committing to this New Years? Leave a comment and let me know! (Just FYI, to leave a comment you have to sign up to my blog. I tried to find a way around this but currently it’s not possible to bypass this step. Please don’t be afraid to sign up, I really would love to hear from you).